A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival.
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A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), Director of the Pollywood Film Festival. Curators’ comments on each film appear in italics. In 2020, for the first time, Ngā Whanaunga Māori and Pasifika Shorts will be a competitive section in the Festival with prizes to be confirmed in coming weeks.
This film collection is screening in select cinemas and venues across the country. See here for details.
Māori elder Hamo must bear the burden of carrying the spirits of her ancestors to their sacred mountain. Respectful and heartfelt. Deep in meaning and unlimited in vision. — CF
Student Sina meets his professor in a cafe for their weekly game of chess, but soon discovers real life is more complicated than just a game. In an unbearable political climate, forbidden love is punishable by death. Would you give your life for love? — CF
Four mysterious boulders on Waikiki Beach hold ancient spiritual powers. This stunning animation respectfully reawakens the long lost story of Māhū, who journeyed from Tahiti to Hawai’i bearing healing gifts. — LK
After a terrible accident a mother faces her worst nightmare. A powerful story of loss and the human condition to overcome tragedy or accept defeat. — CF
An innovative Pasifika artist is unmasked. In pre-pandemic Tokyo, Tongan performance artist Kalisolaite ‘Uhila naturally visualises the creator becoming the created. — CF
The chance discovery of a $20 note opens up a world of opportunity. Drift back to the 80s Spacies parlours (or is it the 90s?) when life for kids was not so serious – or was it? — LK
An infamous Māori drag queen falls for a fading rugby star on an ill-fated night in 1975. We’re gonna go back, way back, to a Vivian Street parlour serving instant coffee and toasted sandwiches, and a hypnotic glimpse into the life of the diva, the goddess, the one, the only Carmen. — LK